As Trussway approaches its 50th anniversary, there has been one individual who can say he has worked for the company almost from the day it opened in 1972. His name is Mark Rolf.
This is significant because after 48 years at Trussway, Mark Rolf is calling it a career and retiring from the company where he has spent most of his professional life. “It has always been exciting, never boring,” says Rolf. “I love working with all of the people.”
Mark started in production as a Sawyer, and later moved into a Designer role–as Trussway’s only designer. Later he moved into a variety of design positions, and is currently Technical Services Coordinator. “My biggest reward has been hiring folks with no truss experience and watching them grow to be the very best in the industry,” says Rolf.
Inducted into the Trussway Hall of Fame in 2009, Mark was literally on the ground floor in the early days of Trussway, working with owner/founder Dick Rotto on everything from the design of the Houston plant, to coming up with the company name–Trussway, to developing new products.
In 1972 it was all about roof trusses. When the company decided to get into floors and TROs, Mark and the team were told, “sell them first and then figure out how to make them.” After a number of all-nighters making this happen, the rest they say is history.
“Dick always knew what he wanted, but in his typical style, he included input from others to see if there were better ideas,” says Rolf. He adds that Rotto was tough, but always fair, a fantastic mentor, and great family man.
As for what’s next, Mark has plenty to keep him and his wife busy. When not spending time with their three children and four grandchildren, it will be walks on the beach, sailing, gardening, and travel to the Caribbean and Mexican Riviera.
“Mark truly exemplifies the core of what has made Trussway so successful these last 50 years,” says Jeff Smith, President and CEO. “We talk quite a bit about the passion for service and giving our customers an experience beyond plates and lumber. We call this the Trussway Difference and Mark has clearly lived this for 48 years. I thank him for his loyal and dedicated service and wish him the very best in retirement”